Rare Steakhouse

4.7
1332 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Dining and libations on Capitol Square with an incredible view of the Capitol, Rare combines craft cocktails, in-house dry aged steaks and attentive service in an unabashedly old-school steak house setting. Madison's downtown steakhouse features specialty cuts dry aged in-house, like the Rib Cap and the Delmonico as well as offering more traditional cuts like our filet and our rib eye. Rare is also one of the only purveyors of A5 Wagyu in Madison.

Complimenting our steaks and entrees is a specialty cocktail list and an extensive wine list with everything from wines for a big celebration to a weekday dinner.

If you're just looking for a drink after work, Rare offers discounted cocktails, wines and snacks at happy hour.

Support Rare Steakhouse during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1332 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, classic midwestern steakhouse. Appetizers and sides are huge! Drinks are strong, atmosphere is younger than expected and that’s perfect.

Rick

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NikoT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Appreciate the great hospitality i really enjoyed our time, nice clean and good food left us all full really nice first experience.

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RickR
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service, drinks and food were great. I appreciated the covid precautions!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing waitress! Even better service overall. Food worth high price.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best steakhouse I have ever been too, the food was absolutely delicious. We were a table of four and everything that everyone ordered was spectacular. Our server was wonderful, he was helpful, patient and very knowledgeable about the menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic place for Valentine’s Day

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AnnD
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I was disappointed that we had to wait for 30 minutes for our table when I had made a reservation for 7:30 almost a month ago. Also a booth was not available. but in the end we had a very nice table in the library with good service, excellent food and a wonderful ambience. For a 91st birthday celebration it was a success. thanks.

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JenniferH
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The menu sent to us by Open Table was not correct. The dish we were going to this restaurant for was not even on the menu anymore which was highly disappointing. We did try some other things. The Wagyu was good but a little overpriced. The strawberry butter and popovers were tasty. The shrimp came whole with eyes, legs, vein, everything... which was very unexpected and we did not eat it. The waitress was very nice and comped us a piece of chocolate cake for dessert which was just okay. The frosting on the outside and the cake were good but the frosting on the inside was a bit gelatinous in texture and off putting. We traveled 2.5 hours for this restaurant and spent over $300 on our meal. We will most certainly try a different steakhouse next time we’re in Madison.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Almost everything had a burnt / very charred flavor. If you like that flavor I would highly recommend.
Don’t go with older kids , it seems frowned upon to have anyone above 10yrs old there during the week for dinner .
Waitress was a bit stiff and highly scripted

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was Genevieve and you have to ask for her....she was outstanding.

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brooklske
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, and great service. A bit pricy but my steak was definitely worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relocated from Tampa Florida. Starting new career at UW health.

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vipUniqueFoodie
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing. The food was perfectly prepared. The service was second to none. And the ambiance was romantic and very safe.

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MadisonFoody41
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rare Steakhouse is an excellent place for a fancy night out. It will cost you, but the service and food are worth it. Our waitress was on top of everything and even made unconventional recommendations. What I mean by unconventional recommendations, is her asking how I liked my steak tenderness and what flavors I'm looking for. Once I gave my preferences, then she recommended options instead of just telling me the most expensive thing on the menu. Highly encourage Madison diners to go here.

Don't forget the Banana Foster dessert either!

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PerryT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all respects

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Definitely made our 15th wedding anniversary feel very special.

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vipGingerB
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

New Years eve

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Tjamund
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner with good friends. Genevieve was a fantastic server! As always, amazing dinner experience.

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Holley
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic dinner! Amazing food. Very much worth the price! Very friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding, from the food to the service and atmosphere. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great steak / dining experience in Madison.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic steak and Wagyu is to die for. Service is attentive but not intrusive. A must try experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and waiter!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had some out-of-town gas come to Madison from Milwaukee Wisconsin and we had the perfect table overlooking the capital food was fabulous service was fabulous so wonderful with going back for New Year’s Eve! They’re doing a fabulous job trying to be successful during the Covid… I highly recommend anyone dine at Rare

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RonP
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pricey, but quality matches price. Superb meal all the way around, great staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome as was our server however the music was too loud and we were celebrating a birthday and no staff even mentioned this so I was sadly disappointed!

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Tinasia
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband enjoyed his birthday! We loved every aspect of the restaurant!

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CarliT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! One of the best lobster bisques we’ve ever had, incredible steak, and the bananas foster was to die for. The cocktails were also great. The service was outstanding and they made our anniversary dinner special!

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Foodlovegood
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall1food4service5ambience5

We have eaten at Rare more than 50 times pre Covid, it’s a true favorite. We even used to know some of the staff by name. I was very excited to take my two children there for thanksgiving because I know the have been very good at social distancing. We were seated in a booth and there were about 20 people total in a restaurant made for well over a hundred. Then, with seven open booths and many tables, they sat a loud foursome 5 feet from us. All we could hear the whole time was their stories and my daughter was freaking out about them being so close. I too tried to play it off but was concerned. The service was excellent the food was good, but this ruined the night and their tip. Oh the way out past all the open booths and tables my daughter asked me again why those people had to be so close to us and all I could do was just shake my head.

Rare Steakhouse
Responded on November 27, 2020

Thank you for your reply. We consistently exceed the standards for Social distancing, face mask use and sanitizing. We measure table spacing daily. We can only seat 25% of our capacity, hence the many open tables. I apologize for having you seated near a table that was too loud for your comfort. I appreciate you taking the time to let us know how your experience was and I apologize that it did not meet your expectations.

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JesseH
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, treated very well! Try the bananas foster

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Owen
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal of my life. I had such a great dinner, and the staff was wonderful.

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JohnM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, cool atmosphere, pricey

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LARRYB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, they handled social distance very well, staff was great, Food was Awesome!

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Greg
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great meal at Rare. I would definitely recommend.

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MachelleS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the absolute best waitress that we’ve ever had anywhere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious. Outstanding view/location. The lobster bisque is such a treat.

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Joyce
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Despite all necessary precautions due to Covid 19, we had great food and fabulous service. I would highly recommend it. For us it was fantastic to finally get out and have a fabulous dinner.

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vipandyy
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, nice atmosphere
Service very good
Pricey

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noname
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall it's a great experience ... The bread is so crispy, perfect when mixed with honey butter. The scallop is the best! The only regret is that there's no special offer for celebrating the anniversary.

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AndreaC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rib cap was amazing and so were the whipped potatoes. Everything we had was good.

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RonP
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

2nd time we've eaten there, first was terrific this visit was good. Co-Vid probably onky reason not as good menu limited from last visit. We'll still be back.

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You can order delivery directly from Rare Steakhouse using the Order Online button.

Rare Steakhouse is rated 4.7 stars by 1332 OpenTable diners.

Rare Steakhouse does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.raresteaks.com/store/product/mad-gift-cards-starting-at-50-1/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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